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Aug 29, 2016

We Need To Switch Our Mental Models From Hierarchies To Networks

Posted by in categories: business, neuroscience

Look at these cases one by one and you will see differences in strategy and tactics. While Antioco changed his business strategy, McChrystal transformed his culture. The Route 128 companies sought proprietary competitive advantage, while Silicon Valley companies fed into an open industrial ecosystem. Occupy chose angry rhetoric, while Otpor chose street pranks.

Yet when taken collectively, a different picture emerges. Antioco, the Route 128 firms and Occupy saw hierarchies and framed the challenges they faced in terms of strategy and tactics. McChrystal, the Silicon Valley firms and Otpor, on the other hand, saw networks to integrate with and that made all the difference. What you see determines how you will act.

McChrystal saw that, “to defeat a network, you must become a network.” Silicon Valley saw an ecosystem that needed to be fed. Otpor set out to identify pillars of power— not to knock them out, but to draw them in. So for them, every arrest was a chance to win converts at the police station and those converts, in the end, were what proved to be decisive.

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Aug 28, 2016

“We’re Living During the Most Extraordinary Time Ever in History”

Posted by in categories: Peter Diamandis, singularity

Today, Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation Peter Diamandis kicked off Singularity University’s first ever Global Summit here in tech capital, San Francisco.

The energy is pulsing (what else would you expect in Silicon Valley?), and so is Diamandis’ presence on stage as he tells the room,

“We’re about to enter a time where we can tackle global problems in a way like we never have before.”

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Aug 28, 2016

This friendly robot wants to become a part of your family

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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Aug 28, 2016

How AI Will Redefine Love

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, finance, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence is beginning to disrupt entire industries from finance to medicine. Yet the most revolutionary application has yet to arrive—and it’s an existential one.

As thinking machines become more integrated into our lives, we must expect a transformation in how we define what it means to be conscious; what it means to live and to die; and ultimately, what it means to love a non-human being.

These questions are artfully explored in the plot of the 2013 sci-fi film, Her, which tells the story of a man who falls deeply in love with an intelligent operating system. This OS, Samantha, is designed to evolve and adapt her personality to appeal to Theodore. She has a very human voice and provides constant empathetic support. As Samantha’s psychological and intellectual capacities grow, so does Theodore and Samantha’s love for each other.

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Aug 28, 2016

Stretchy supercapacitors power wearable electronics

Posted by in categories: energy, mobile phones, robotics/AI, wearables

A future of soft robots that wash your dishes or smart T-shirts that power your cell phone may depend on the development of stretchy power sources. But traditional batteries are thick and rigid—not ideal properties for materials that would be used in tiny malleable devices. In a step toward wearable electronics, a team of researchers has produced a stretchy micro-supercapacitor using ribbons of graphene.

The researchers will present their work today at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

“Most power sources, such as phone batteries, are not stretchable. They are very rigid,” says Xiaodong Chen, Ph.D. “My team has made stretchable electrodes, and we have integrated them into a supercapacitor, which is an energy storage device that powers electronic gadgets.”

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Aug 28, 2016

Watch This Mind-Controlled Bionic Arm Touch and Feel

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, transhumanism

Melissa Loomis, an amputee, is pushing the sensory capabilities of the most advanced neuroprosthetic in the world.

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Aug 28, 2016

How We Free Ourselves of Existential Panic

Posted by in category: futurism

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Aug 28, 2016

Li-Fi, the New Frontier in Communications

Posted by in categories: futurism, internet

What does the so called Li-Fi technology consist of? Find out all about this future trend which may replace the Wifi we use today.

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Aug 28, 2016

Do we live in a multiverse?

Posted by in category: cosmology

The Multiverse

The universe may not be everything there is.

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Aug 28, 2016

Synthetic Biology Explained

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biological, genetics

From selective breeding to genetic modification, our understanding of biology is now merging with the principles of engineering to bring us synthetic biology.

Written, animated and directed by James Hutson, Bridge8.

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